Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)Â and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) are demanding answers from Labor Secretary Elaine ChaoÂ on her mysterious proposed rule on risk assessment.Â Â I reported earlier this week that the Secretary’s office sent a proposed rule to OMB on July 7 entitled “Requirements for DOL Agencies’ Assessment of Occupational Health Risks.”Â Although this proposal might sound innocuous,Â past experience at so-called “regulatory reform” of risk assessment tells us to be veryÂ wary ofÂ plansÂ to “improve”Â the risk assessment process.Â InÂ layman’s terms, it means workers’ health gets screwed.Â
Kennedy and Miller’s letter to Secretary Chao asks for a briefing within a week about the proposed regulation, and asks for:
- a copy of the proposed rule
- theÂ legal authority under which the DepartmentÂ expects to promulgate this regulation
- the reason that thisÂ proposed rule was notÂ listed in the Department’s Regulatory Agenda (which was published in May 2008 )
A screenshot of OMB’s webpage on which this proposed rule appears isÂ here.
Thanks to the Senator and Congresman forÂ taking their oversight responsibilities seriously.